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Bursitis is inflammation of bursa sacs (bursae), which are fluid-filled sacs next to the tendons in large joints like shoulders, elbows, knees and hips.
Bursae cushion the bones, tendons and muscles in joints, and they reduce friction by providing a gliding surface. Sometimes bursitis goes away on its own over time, but we can provide treatment to help you heal quickly.
Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed and flare up due to injury or overuse from repetitive motion. Other medical conditions can also cause bursitis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tendonitis, diabetes, and thyroid disease.
Bursitis is usually temporary, but it is a painful condition that can also cause limited motion, and swelling and redness if the inflamed bursa is close to the surface of the skin. Serious cases can cause disabling joint pain, sudden inability to move a joint, excessive swelling, redness, bruising or a rash in the affected area, and a fever.
The symptoms of bursitis may look like other health problems, so you should see a UCHealth provider right away for a proper diagnosis, medical advice and a personalized treatment plan.
Bursitis may or may not go away on its own, but it can take weeks to heal without treatment. We can help you heal quickly—you don’t need to let the joint pain and discomfort hold you back from the activities you love.
Bursitis can happen in any bursa sac in the body, and each type has specific triggers.
The common types of bursitis include:
Conservative measures such as rest, ice and pain relievers may work relieve your discomfort. If they don’t work, your treatment plan might include:
We’re ready to help you treat a bursitis flare up and take any preventative steps that are right for your case.
Bursitis doesn’t have to stand in the way of you performing your best at work or play any more.